Ervin Ray McDaniel

Ervin Ray McDaniel, 68 of Rockdale, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Temple, Texas.

Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home with burial following at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Ervin was born March 27, 1947 in Taylor, Texas to Pat Joe Abner and Ellnora Elizabeth McDaniel. He lived in the Rockdale and Thorndale area all his life.
He joined the US Navy in 1964 becoming a Sonar Technician before being honorably discharged in 1968. After the military, he used the knowledge he gained while serving in the Navy and began work as a technician on oil rigs.
He married Carol Johnson on Aug. 21, 1993 in Rockdale.
Ervin was a member of the VFW. He loved anything technical, airplanes, as well as making and flying paper airplanes with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Pat Jo Abner and Ellnora (Fuessel) McDaniel; brother, Glenn McDaniel; and sister, Joanne McDaniel.
Ervin is survived by his wife of 22 years, Carol McDaniel of Rockdale; sons, Evan McDaniel and wife Micki of Thorndale, Byron McDaniel and wife Joanne of Hutto, Aaron McDaniel and wife Edie of Thorndale, and Kendal McDaniel and wife Nicki of Taylor; step-daughter, Melissa McBride and husband Raymond of Rockdale; grandchildren, Devin McDaniel, Dustin McDaniel, Emily McDaniel, Jennifer McDaniel, Christopher McDaniel, Kayla McDaniel, Krissy McDaniel, Nicholas McDaniel, Alfred McDaniel, Alaina “Mouse” Garcia, Tara “Munchkin” Garcia, and Raymond “Bubba” McBride Jr.; great grandson, Gregory Strelsky III; brother, Jerry McDaniel and wife Mary Jane of Thorndale and Keith McDaniel and wife Lou of Bryan; and sisters, Patricia Wiseman of Thorndale, Karene Willis of League City, and Jeanine Kelm and husband Ronnie of Thorndale.
Pallbearers were Evan McDaniel, Byron McDaniel, Aaron McDaniel, Kendal McDaniel, Keith McDaniel, Raymond McBride, Bill Johnson and Darrell Johnson.